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Ways to Give

If you are looking for a way to honor a loved one, thank a special health care provider or give back to your community, consider a gift to the Kossuth Regional Health Center Foundation.  Your generous donations help the KRHC Foundation to live out its mission:

  •  To offer philanthropic opportunities through annual giving, special events and projects for individuals and businesses that wish to make gifts to Kossuth Regional Health Center.

  • All charitable gifts will serve the residents of Kossuth County and the surrounding area by sustaining a viable community based healthcare center.

 Want to give a gift online?  Thanks to a partnership with the Kossuth County Community Foundation, online giving is now available.

 The KRHC Foundation engages residents from across Kossuth County to provide leadership and guidance for the endowment fund, annual giving, special campaigns and much more.  Current Foundation Board members include:

KRHC Foundation Board of Directors

President        Kurt Welp, Bancroft
Past President Kirk Hayes, Algona
Vice President        Pat Reding, Algona
Treasurer        Kristie Brown, Algona
Secretary        Linda Nerdig Algona
Trustee        Conley Nelson , Algona
At Large        Matt Muller, Algona
At Large        Carol Heesch, Titonka
At Large        Reuben Skow, Algona
At Large Sonya Burtnett, Algona
Auxiliary Liaison   Pam Wymore, Algona

Celebrating 25 Years of Giving: Foundation Beginnings

Kossuth Regional Health Center has developed into one of the premier rural health care facilities in the state because of the strength of spirit, dedication and generosity of many. The health care campus we know today is the result of hundreds of volunteer hours and literally millions of dollars donated. It all began with the vision of Dr. Melvin Bourne and a group of citizens committed to building a hospital. Their dream was realized in October 1947 when St. Ann's Hospital opened its doors under the leadership of the Sisters of Mercy.

In the summer of 1978 another group of citizens realized that the only way to recruit a physician to Kossuth County was to build a clinic. The Kossuth Medical Center Foundation raised over $125,000 to secure FHA financing to begin construction.

Volunteer community leaders stepped forward once again to assist the Board of Trustees when, in the mid-late 1980's the planning began to build the outpatient addition. The Kossuth County Hospital Foundation was formed in 1988 and has raised over $1.2 million from the residents and corporate citizens of Kossuth County. The Kossuth Medical Center Foundation dissolved and transferred the balance of their funds to the Kossuth County Hospital Foundation in 1997 to create an Endowment Fund.

In December of 1985, the Board of Trustees entered into a management agreement with
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa. The board and Mercy formed a physician- hospital organization in 1997 and created what we know today as Kossuth Regional Health Center.

Why Raise Private Funds?

To serve the residents of Kossuth County, Kossuth Regional Health Center must be financially stable. Kossuth Regional Health Center receives minimal tax support. Declining reimbursements from Medicare, an aging population and the spiraling costs of medical technology have placed a disproportionate burden on health care facilities our size.
In many cases, Medicare and other payers do not meet the actual cost of providing care to patients. In order to remain viable, it is critical that Kossuth Regional Health Center develops an additional source of funding to cover those shortfalls.

The Cornerstone Of A Healthy Future

The Endowment Fund is the cornerstone of the Kossuth Regional Health Center Foundation. The Endowment Fund was established to provide ongoing support of the hospital. Only the interest income generated from the principal of the Endowment Fund is available to support the hospital and it is conservatively invested to produce long-term growth. The Foundation Endowment has been substantially increased with bequests from Gladys Mahana, Veda McArthur and Ellen G. Holmgren.

The goal of the Kossuth Regional Health Center Foundation is to grow the Endowment to the point where the income it generates for the hospital can fund not only the capital spending budget but also for the future needs of this community.

As critical as the Foundation's support was to the facility improvement projects, without a growing Endowment Fund the future of this medical community lies in peril. The income generated by a healthy Endowment can help insulate Kossuth Regional Health Center against some of the pressures placed on it by declining reimbursements from payers such as Medicare as well as continually increasing costs resulting from greater regulatory burdens as well as rising costs of health care supplies and equipment.

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